(MENAFN- Muscat Daily) Bahrain players hogged the limelight as action began at the eighth Arab Men's and the fourth Arab Women's Bowling Championships at the Seeb Bowling Centre on Monday.
Ahead of the championships, Bahrain women were the overwhelming favourite and they did not disappoint.
Bahrain's Noora Sultan bowled her highest game of 243 en route to a gold-winning total of 1,221 that comprised two more games of 200 plus scores.
Khalid al Hajri (third from left) celebrates his goal against Palestine with his teammates on Tuesday
Noora's teammate and title contender, Nadia al Awadhi, a and former Arab and GCC gold-medallist, had to be content with a bronze medal after she was edged to the silver by Egypt's Sara Gamal, who scored 1,161 that included a high score of 245. Nadia could garner 1,150 with her highest game of 225.
Oman's Aisha al Sibani had a sensational start as she came up with an explosive round of 267, which later turned out to be the best single-game score of the day among the 22 participants.
However, Aisha failed to continue with the momentum of a solid start and had to settle for seventh place finish with 1,090.
Aisha's teammate, Sara al Maskari, was the best Omani player with a score of 1,101.
The other two hosts' bowlers - Shakila al Aisri came tenth with 1,061 and Sayyida Nadira al Said finished 18th (910).
Falih wins men's gold
Later, Yousif Falih kept the Bahrain flag flying high as he claimed the gold in the men's singles competition with a score of 1,418 that comprised his highest game of 279. Egypt's duo of Ayman Hashim and Ahmed Gamal halted the Bahraini domination as they picked the silver and bronze respectively with scores of 1,379 and 1,353.
In fact, Gamal produced the day's best round among the 60 participants with a solid 300.
Oman's Mohammed al Hashmi finished sixth (1,335) while his teammate, Hassan al Kharoosi, came the next best with a ninth-place following a total of 1,303. Hosts' Yasser al Barwani (1,260), Ghalib al Busaidi (1,250), Mahmood al Hadidi (1,227), Bader al Muharami (1,125) finished at 15th, 17th, 23rd and 42nd spots respectively.
Hadidi had the best single game for hosts with a 258.
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